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Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), or acid, is a potent, long-lasting psychoactive drug that alters perception, mood, and cognitive processes. 

The drug was first synthesized in 1938 by chemist Albert Hofmann, and it soon became associated with the counterculture of the 1960s.

How do you take LSD?

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is typically taken by mouth in the following formats:

  • Blotter paper.
  • Gelatin Sheets (window panes)
  • Sugar cubes
  • Liquid LSD (dropper)

    Blotter paper is probably the most recognizable form factor - the classic acid tab - small squares of paper that have been soaked in LSD that are placed under the tongue.

    Sugar cubes have become increasingly popular, as have liquid dropper. It is also possible to snort or smoke acid, but this is generally not recommended as it can be very harmful to your lungs.

    Whats are the effects of LSD?

    By interfering with serotonin, Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) can cause changes in mood, perception, and cognition.

    The effects of taking LSD is often described as a "trip," during which users may see colorful patterns or images and distortions , hear sounds that seem to originate from outside their bodies, experience changes in blood pressure and body temperature, and feel a sense of euphoria or deep insights.

    You may feel more relaxed or happy after taking LSD. Some people even report feeling a sense of oneness with the universe and have therapy-like reflections on their lives.

    Your appreciation of stimuli like music goes through the roof. All your sensations are heightened and feel extra special, whether it’s a cool breeze on your skin or water in your mouth.

    How does LSD work?

    The drug has a chemical structure similar to serotonin, a “feel-good” chemical in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep. It's also involved in memory and learning. 

    Scientists believe that Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) binds to serotonin receptors and alters the way serotonin is produced and transmitted. 

    Acid binds to serotonin receptors and inhibits the serotonin transporter, which is responsible for clearing serotonin from the synapse.

    When acid molecules land on serotonin receptors, they cause LSD’s well-known visual and physical effects.

    How long does LSD take to kick in?

    Once administered, LSD is usually felt within 30 to 90 minutes.

    Once taken, try not to be tempted to re-up. It's one of the most common errors - people saying" hey I don't feel this then, dropping 3 tabs of acid, then.... BOOM".

    Be patient and wait a while for the trip to kick in. 

    How long does LSD Last?

    Generally speaking, acid lasts anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. However, the effects of the drug can be felt for much longer. The main "trip" usually lasts around 4 hours, but users may experience residual effects for up to 12 hours afterwards. This includes changes in mood, perception, and cognition. 

    How long does one tab of acid last? Depends on numerous factors, including the dose.

    How much LSD should I take to get the desired effects?

    Depends on what you mean by desired effects. Are you looking for a microdose or a full trip?

    • 20 ug - a microdose
    • 25 ug to 75 ug.  A threshold/mild experience.  A mild mood altering experience, with mild euphoria.
    • 75 ug to 200 ug.  A substantial or full experience.
    • 500 ug + a heroic or very intense trip.

      **One microgram (ug) is one millionth of a gram and one thousandth of a milligram.

      Often, an LSD gelatin or window pane contains slightly more LSD per piece than a blotter paper tab.

      LSD experiences 

      Albert Hoffman, the first man to try LSD:

      "I suddenly became strangely inebriated. The external world
      became changed as in a dream. Objects appeared to gain inrelief;
      they assumed unusual dimensions; and colors became more glowing.
      Even self-perception and the sense of time were changed. When the
      eyes were closed, colored pictures flashed past in a quickly changing
      kaleidoscope. After a few hours, the not unpleasant inebriation,
      which had been experienced whilst I was fully conscious, disappeared.
      what had caused this condition?"

      Over at Erowid, there hundreds of experience reports you can pour over: 

      "The more acute effects hit us simultaneously. Time at moments felt to slow down, music felt pulsing through my body, making me move in a very senseless, deliberate way. I started seeing very distinct hexagonal patterns. At some point, my boyfriend asked me if I felt euphoric, as in if the drug made me feel better and I clearly remember answering that the drug didn't really pushed me into happiness, in a way some stimulants or other psychedelics do. On the contrary, it seemed to enhance what I was already feeling, it expanded on what I was already thinking. It didn't abolish negative thinking, I just had to focus on the bright side or I had to reason my way out of them. I was very in touch with my self, my boyfriend and the world around me, I was more connected to everything than ever. It was easier to see the funny side of many concepts, even death, which I regularly struggle to deal with. It felt so easy to laugh, in fact we were smiling all the way throughout the trip, which is remarkable. I cried so much during this too, out of pure bliss, a state of being that not even the purest MDMA had ever provided. We also teared up because of the extreme pupil dilation."

      "Before I started getting too out of control collecting stuff, our sober friend asked if I could get him a beer to distract me. I got one out for him and I noticed the Hello Kitty magnetic clips on the fridge and also became obsessed with those. He told me just to bring both to the table where he was. I stopped short of the table to look at the carpet and noticed that all the fibers looked like meal worms and were moving all over each other. I was still pretty with-it in the mind so it didn’t scare me because I could remember it was still carpet. I laughed and took him the stuff. He put the clip on his shirt so I’d stay sitting down at the table in order to let my boyfriend look at things for himself. I did for a long time, and the above the table gave me a feeling of an interrogation room and it made me nervous. I looked into the living room and it seemed like the room had stretched and I wanted to go over and be with my boyfriend. I started to get up but our friend called him over so I was happy and the light looked like sunshine instead."

      "By now time had almost lost all meaning. I remember feeling that my life was divided into ~6 different time-slots and I could have a different thought in each of these time-slots and they kept cycling for a few cycles. „Jeez“, I thought, „This is what going schizophrenic must feel like!“. That effect soon ended and I was left with a neverending cascade of cartoonish pictures and thoughts that I really had no option to concentrate on. I lost all my bearings and I was deep into the trip. I remember thinking that what if this is what going insane feels like? But again I chose to accept everything and deal with the possible insanity when the trip was over."

      What's a bad trip?

      A bad trip is when someone takes a psychedelic drug, like LSD or magic mushrooms, and experiences negative effects. These can include feeling anxious, confused, and paranoid.

      A bad trip can be very distressing, but it is usually not harmful. However, if someone becomes too agitated or confused, they may hurt themselves or others. If you are worried about someone during a bad trip, the best thing to do is to stay calm and try to reassure them.

      You should also make sure that they are somewhere safe and comfortable. If the person experiences severe symptoms, such as vomiting or seizures, then you should call for medical help.

      Bad trips can be hard to predict, even if you are in the right set and setting you can find yourself in a negative place. Make sure going into the trip your mental health is in a good place. Here's some tips on what to do if you're having a bad trip.

      Help and support is also available via organization like the fireside project.

      Can you overdose on LSD?

      It doesn't seem so, not in the same way as other drugs like heroin or cocaine. LSD toxicity, or death from LSD, is virtually unheard of. This women took 550 times the usual dose of LSD, with surprisingly positive consequences.

      Is LSD dangerous?

      It depends on what you mean by dangerous.

      When you're using LSD and hallucinating you certainly want to have certain things, like a sober friend to look after you. . That said, if you plan and stay safe, there’s no evidence that LSD causes any long term effects or damage.

      The big caveat is: If you have a history, particularly any history of schizophrenia, psychosis or depression, you should refrain from taking LSD under any circumstances.

      Is LSD addictive?

      LSD is not considered physically addictive.

      Can you build up a tolerance to LSD?

      Yes, Acid tolerance is a real thing. Repeated acid use may require larger doses in order to reach the same effect. Strong tolerance to LSD develops very quickly - after only about 2–3 consecutive days of taking moderate doses. There’s some evidence from animal studies suggesting that the mechanism of tolerance may be down-regulation of 5-HT2A receptors.

      How to get rid of acid tolerance?

      Tolerance is short-lived. If you stop using acid for a period of time, you’ll lower your threshold for what’s necessary to trip.

      How long to wait between LSD trips?

      According to this paper, on the pharmacology of LSD, you should wait a minimum of three days after tolerance to moderate doses has developed. Response to a moderate dose returns to baseline on the fourth day. On the fourth day of abstinence (being given placebo) a moderate dose again produces effects.

      So biologically speaking, 4 days to a week is enough to bring your tolerance back down. But responsibly speaking, it's probably best to wait at least a month or as long as you need to properly and completely integrate the experience into your life.

      Can you take acid two days in a row?

      Yes, but you probably shouldn't. Give your body and mind a break. If you want to trip two days in a row you'll likely need to double your dose to get the same effects. Our advice would be to be safe and just wait instead of trying to double your dose and trip consecutively.

      How long does LSD stay in your system? Does LSD show up on a drug test?

      Yes it does. If you’re asked to complete an LSD screening or drug test, traces of acid or its byproducts may be detectable in your urine for 1.5 to 5 days.

      Is LSD Legal?

      LSD is illegal in most countries. It's classified as a Schedule I substance in the United States, meaning that it has a "high potential for abuse and lacks any accepted medical use."

      Stupid and wrong? Yep. 

      However, research into the therapeutic potential of LSD is ongoing, and some scientists believe that the drug could be used to treat conditions like depression and anxiety. Things are changing and we'll hopefully see regulations catch up to common sense soon.

      Final Thoughts

      The most important thing to remember when taking acid is that it is a powerful drug and should be treated with respect.

      If you do decide to take acid, make sure that you are in a safe place where you can relax and trip in peace.

      Because it’s hard to know exactly how much LSD is in any dose, it’s a good idea not to use LSD when you are alone, especially for the first time. It is also important to have someone with you who can help you if you start to have a bad trip.

      If it's your first time, start with a low dose and increase it gradually if needed.

      Bad trips can be very frightening, but it's important to remember that bad trips are (almost always) temporary and that the person will eventually come out of the experience without any lasting effects.

      Lastly, make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat before taking acid, as it can cause dehydration and make you feel very sick. With these simple tips, you can have a fun and safe experience when taking acid.

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